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25 Free Things to Do and See in Atlanta


Fun doesn't always have to cost a lot - sometimes you just have to think outside the box! From a day in the park to ways to see art on the cheap, here are 25 ideas to get your gears turning on things to do in Atlanta that are totally free!
  • Play tennis, have a picnic or just lounge around in Piedmont Park
  • Visit the High on the fist weekend of the month (Bank of America card holders and Fulton County residents/students only)
  • Run through the Olympic Rings fountain at Centennial Olympic Park
  • Browse the funky shops in Little Five Points
  • Check out the new Beltline paths
  • Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic site
  • Take the family to Fernbank Science Center
  • Gallery hop in Castleberry Hill (Art Walk the second Friday of each month)
  • Spend the afternoon walking around Marietta Square where you'll find charming antique shops and a mini train perfect for kids to climb on. Bonus points for driving by The Big Chicken.
  • Hit up one of the many annual festivals like Dogwood Festival or Inman Park Festival
  • Tour the Governor's mansion
  • Visit Lake Allatoona and enjoy a sunny afternoon by the water. (Note: Some of the official park areas on the lake charge a small usage fee, others are free)
  • Drive up to the North Georgia Mountains when the leaves change in the fall. Bonus points for visiting Helen during Oktoberfest.
  • Stroll through Historic Oakland Cemetery
  • Take a walk or a bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail
  • Hike up Kennesaw Mountain
  • Ever want to learn more about our money? Visit the free museum at the Federal Reserve in Midtown.
  • Shoot the Hooch! If you bring your own tube, you can hop right in the river (parking fee may apply at some sites).
  • Get smart at Emory. The local university offers tons of free events and lectures open to the public. See what's coming up on their event calendar.
  • Volunteer! Use Volunteer Match to find activities that are free, fun and help others in the process.
  • On the second Tuesday of each month, Imagine It! Children's Museum is free for everyone.
  • Get political: tour the State Capitol for free (self guided tour itinerary also available).
  • In the summertime, catch a free flick at one of the various outdoor movie events around Atlanta.
  • Discover up and coming artists and see their work for free at SCAD Atlanta gallery showings.
  • Did you know Atlanta has an Anne Frank Museum? Visit this free collection of more than 600 photographs in Sandy Springs.
  • The Center for Puppetry Arts gives everyone free admission on Thursdays from 1 - 3 p.m. and then again the first Saturday of every month for Fulton County residents and students. Stop by and visit the Jim Henson exhibit!

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